Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Boundaries


We moved into this house in January 2002. That summer I spray painted "boundaries" on the sidewalk. One near the alley so Evan wouldn't ride his big wheel into the alley and one just on the other side of the driveway (a total distance of maybe 20 feet). Each summer I have expanded his boundaries. Last summer I let him ride around the corner of our lot to the front door. Today I expanded his boundaries again. He can go from the line near the alley (since the alley is used for traffic I don't want him in it!), around the corner of our lot and to the following corner down the block. I just looked out the window and saw him talking with a little girl in front of our house that he's already met in his expanded world! He pointed to me in our front picture window then extended his hand to shake the new little girl's hand! They're riding around the boundaries together, him on his bike (with his dorky looking red helmet) and her on her scooter. Sooooo cute!!!! I just found out that her name is Sara and she's 9! I think they live around the block. If they're the family I'm thinking of her dad came and fixed our dishwasher once...

4 comments:

annalu alulu said...

good parenting! way to go! (parents need to hear that sometimes, right?) Anyway, good job on making evan wear the dorky helmet, good idea on the spray painting boundaries, and good job keeping track of who he's spending time with. :-) (don't know what compelled me to encourage you on your parenting, but i just think parents are awesome!!)

Tara said...

Thanks! But, read the next entry...

Everett said...

No worries. Kids are supposed to wreck bikes and knock out the occasional tooth.

Jenn Hacker said...

Jamie wrecks all the time! Whether it be his bike, his skateboard, or just tripping over his own big feet (seems he grows from the ground up - first the feet get really big, then the legs get longer, then the rest of him catches up. Seems like he's always tripping over something!)

So, like Everett said, no worries! It happens. Just don't let him be scared of the bike and refuse to ride it. Encourage him (be firm if you have to!) to get back on and ride, otherwise he'll get more and more scared of it. But, you have three boys, so I'm sure you already know that. You're doing a great job! In fact, I avidly read your blog to help me know how to handle Jamie!

Take care!